Do you take time to Power Up in the morning?
In my last post, I talked about routines, specifically a nighttime Power Down Hour. I wonder: did you make any changes? What worked for you?
I like to think about change as an experiment. Whenever I decide to make a change, I do so with open curiosity. I look for feedback. How is it making me feel? Is it resonating with me? That is, does it feel good from an intuitive perspective? Do any adjustments need to be made? Do I need to add in some flexibility?
When you approach change from a place of curiosity, where you are an experimenter who is not attached to any specific outcome, but you remain open to see what evolves, there’s no room for failure and judgment. From that perspective, change isn’t scary at all. Actually, it’s kind of exciting!
With that said, let’s move on and talk about morning routines, or what I like to call my Power Up routine.
Are you one of those people who just gets up and runs out the door?
Or do you take time in the morning to start your day in a particular way?
I can’t just get up and go. I do much better when I go through a particular routine. Here’s what my morning routine looks like:
- While still in bed, I ask myself “What do I get to do today?” and I visualize what my day might look like. For example, maybe I get to workout. I get to work with some amazing clients. I get to write a blog post. I get to go to the grocery store. I get to do some laundry. From the biggest to the smallest things, from chores to work to play, these are all things I get to do. By thinking about these things in this way, I get out of bed with an attitude of positivity and gratitude.
- Meditate for 10-20 minutes. Most of the time I’m listening to my Zen12 brainwave audio tracks, but I also have a number of other meditation tracks that I play. I don’t generally sit in silence, although I do sometimes listen Zen12’s white noise tracks. I let my mind wander, and when I notice that it has gone of track, I return to focus on my breathing, or a mantra, or an affirmation.
- Journal. I journal about whatever came up during my meditation, if anything. I also write about insights from yesterday and intentions for the day. I end my journal entry by completing the sentence “Today I would like to experience…”
- Stretch via a brief yoga routine (while negotiating around two cats who like to go underneath me during downward facing dog).
This whole routine takes about 30-40 minutes, and it is time well spent. I like that it is time alone where I get to contemplate from a place of gratitude.
However, I admit that sometimes I don’t feel like doing all the things in my routine, and that’s ok. Because I know that this is what I do most of the time, and it suits me to be flexible about it.
How about you? What’s your morning routine now? Would you like it to be different? If you want some support in making a change, let’s talk!